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2014 WA Good Food Guide Award Winners

Good Food Guide Awards - Rob Broadfield

I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 WA Good Food Guide Awards hosted at the State Theatre of WA. A who’s who of restauranteurs, chefs and others from the hospitality industry, including The West Australian’s well known food critic, Rob Broadfield, were there to celebrate the industry and pay homage to some . . . → Read More: 2014 WA Good Food Guide Award Winners

V Burger Bar - East Victoria Park - 22 Nov 2014

V Burger Bar - Lambaabaa Burger

I stopped in to the East Vic Park store and ordered the lambaabaa and onion rings. The service out of the kitchen was quick and in no time I was feasting on golden brown, perfectly deep fried, not oily, delicious onion rings with aioli. The burger followed a short time later and it was very tasty with the relish and yoghurt providing flavour and moistness to the burger, along with the tasty Turkish buns. The lamb patty is chunky and well cooked, but lacking seasoning and punch. The other ingredients mask these deficiencies so the overall burger is tasty, but it could be so much more. . . . → Read More: V Burger Bar – East Victoria Park – 22 Nov 2014

Lot Twenty - 19 Nov 2014

Lot Twenty - Lamb Ribs with Tamarind Glaze

Lot Twenty presents a really inviting, relaxing and casual outdoor area to grab a drink and a meal, perfect for afterwork drinks / functions. The menu offers a range of reasonably priced meals and they also have desserts for $3-$5 or so, or you can grab the $16 dish which features 4 desserts. They also offer home made ice cream at $3 a scoop. I ordered the lamb ribs which contained plenty of tender succulent meat with an excellent gooey sticky tamarind glaze. An excellent dish, the only thing that spoilt it was the lack of protection against the hot sun! If dining for lunch and you don’t get a seat under the few umbrellas outside or a seat in the limited seating area inside, I’d advise against coming here. Please, look after your patrons and do something!!! . . . → Read More: Lot Twenty – 19 Nov 2014

Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant - 16 Nov 2014

Szechwan Zen Chinese - Crispy & Spicy Pork Hock

With so many restaurants in Northbridge, it’s easy to miss this one which is slightly secluded in a enclave of shops and other restaurants, set back from William Street. Stepping in you will be greeted by the friendly staff and sit down to a table in an interior with plenty of open space. The Chinese food is Szechuan which means dishes are spicy – carrying chilli. While the menu does offer some of the usual dishes gracing the typical Chinese menu, there’s plenty of other dishes I haven’t seen before. I really loved the entree of golden fried garlic spare ribs which contained a fair amount of tender meat full of flavour. The crumbed prawns were fantastic, lots of prawns in a lightly coated crumb, a blob of mayo and crispy noodles to contrast against the soft prawn flesh. This was further topped by the highlight, a massive highlight, the crispy and spicy pork hock. This is a dish to rave about. It’s absolutely brilliant and once you sink your teeth into the fall off the bone flesh, the crispy, crunchy, salty, spicy skin, you will be blown away. A must order dish, it’s enjoyed with a delicious serving of fried rice. For dessert, the steamed and deep fried mini buns can be enjoyed with many, dipping them into the sweet custard. A different dessert than one expects but a delicious finish to a flavour packed meal. I’m impressed and look forward to trying some other dishes. . . . → Read More: Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant – 16 Nov 2014

2014 Beaufort Street Festival, Mt Lawley

Baguette Me Not - Banh Mi

I missed out on last year’s Beaufort Street Festival in Mt Lawley so I made it a point not to miss out this year. After attending the opening of Menchies Frozen Yogurt in Subiaco and enjoying the free frozen yoghurt on offer, grabbing some shopping from the Subiaco Markets, I headed to the . . . → Read More: 2014 Beaufort Street Festival, Mt Lawley

Menchies Frozen Yogurt - Subiaco - 15 Nov 2014

Menchies Frozen Yoghurt

Menchies Frozen Yogurt on Rokeby Road

Cuisine: Frozen Yoghurt, Dessert Location: Subiaco, Rokeby Road

When I got an invite to the opening of Menchies first store in Perth, I had to ask myself who on earth is Menchies? Menchies are a US chain started by a husband and wife team in 2007 . . . → Read More: Menchies Frozen Yogurt – Subiaco – 15 Nov 2014

Grill & Chill - 14 Nov 2014

Grill and Chill - Lunch Buffet

I’ve eaten here on several occasions and chose the restaurant as a venue to be enjoyed as a team lunch for those interested in coming along. The lunch specials have been replaced with a delicious buffet for $14.99 which allows you the choice of three curries from the two meat and two vegetarian curries on offer, rice, and naan. The curries I had were the butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, and dhal (lentils) which carried a slight pungency bar the butter chicken. The meal was delicious and I particularly loved the fantastic naan. I really enjoyed the food as I have on many visits here and the lunch time buffet represents an excellent offering to the lunch time crowd. From the CBD it’s only a quick bus ride on one of the red or yellow CATs. . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – 14 Nov 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 13 Nov 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - Peru

Cuisine: Latin American Location: East Perth, cnr Adelaide Tce & Victoria Avenue (opposite The Duxton)

I was fortunate to receive an invite to Public House Kitchen & Bar’s one year anniversary. Can’t believe its been a year already. Time flies. The theme of the night was exploring different South American cuisines by giving . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 13 Nov 2014

Country Road Cafe - 11 Nov 2014

Country Road Cafe - Pesto Mushrooms with Wilted Spinach on Toast

Not being a fan of eggs severely limits my breakfast choices on any menu. I chose the pesto mushrooms with wilted spinach on toast which sounded rather simplistic but was anything but. Country Road Cafe offer several vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options which my dish ticked on all fronts. From not expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised and then really impressed with a deliciously crafted meal. The Turkish bread is really lovely, warmed through and enhanced by the oil from the pesto. The pesto adds additional flavour to the wilted spinach and there were plenty of well cooked and seasoned mushrooms to provide meat to the dish. Along with a salad to balance any richness or fat from the pesto, and then washed down with a lovely warming honey, cinnamon, red chai latte, my breakfast provided plenty of fuel and energy for the day and left me impressed and satisfied. Even though I’m not a vegetarian, vegan or gluten intolerant, I’d be happy to eat this dish anytime for breakfast. Full marks for creativity and great value. . . . → Read More: Country Road Cafe – 11 Nov 2014

Thai Orchid - 9 Nov 2014

Thai Orchid - Deep Fried Fish Fillets with 3 Sauces

I really enjoyed each dish bar the dessert. The entrees of fish cakes and barbecued lamb racks were both flavoursome and enhanced by the accompanying sauces. The flying duck was very tender and paired superbly with the crispy noodles for crunch and helped to ease the intensity of the sauce. This was followed by a flavoursome Massaman beef curry which had chunks of tender beef and potatoes that had soaked up all that lovely flavour. The deep fried fish fillets were superb in a sweet and sour like sauce with a touch of heat. This was the standout dish for my mind. The pad Thai was also excellent, achieving the right balance of this dish and not leaning too heavily towards sweet. Lots of tender chunks of chicken to enjoy, the dish goes down like a treat. While all the dishes were of a high standard taste wise, the desserts were slightly disappointing. Just a few tweaks needed with the sticky rice to let the dish achieve it’s full potential. Other than that, I throughly enjoyed my experience here. . . . → Read More: Thai Orchid – 9 Nov 2014